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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A
Salt Lake City is a city in Utah with a population of 194,188. Salt Lake City is in Salt Lake County and is one of the best places to live in Utah. Living in Salt Lake City offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Salt Lake City there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Salt Lake City and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Salt Lake City are above average.
About Salt Lake City...
Population
194,188

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$266,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$881
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Salt Lake City Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    441.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    171.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    260.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    966.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    6,115.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    967.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

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The city is clean, safe, with lots to do. There're museums, art galleries, comedy clubs, historical and religious sites. There's a very diverse, multicultural community, and the state capital is right on top of a beautiful hill with a great view of the Salt Lake valley. If you like outdoor activities Salt Lake is a great place to go with access to tons of hiking trails, camping spots, lakes, and lots more! Housing is affordable and there is PLENTY of employment opportunity, with lots of projected growth.
So there's tons to do, easy access to opportunity of every kind, good public transit, and I'm sure there're great things I know I'm forgetting. Apart from all that I think Salt Lake would benefit if they worked on their roads a bit. They're not too bad and when it snows the city is on top of it when it comes to plowing and salting, but there are quite a few potholes, bad road designs, faded road lines, etc. It's nothing too bad, like I said, but a few touch ups would do good.
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Salt Lake has been a great place for me to live, overall. There are going to be some cultural difficulties for some who live here. There is a very strong LDS presence in Salt Lake. This dictates most of the politics in Utah, as well as contributes to a fairly conservative culture. I have had complaints from friends and acquaintances about culture being pretty oblivious to racial issues in the city and around the world. For those who use marijuana, policies are very strict here.

Now that I've listed the hardships one might experience, there's a list of things I love about this city. There's amazing access to outdoor activities such has hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and beautiful canyons and landscape. We are in a valley surrounded by mountains, and it is absolutely gorgeous! The view of the snow covered mountains is astounding!
I've lived in Utah for over 20 years and I love it here! We have all 4 seasons, fall is amazing to witness when driving through the mountains. We have the greatest snow on earth, the 2002 Winter Olympics were held here , most if the facilities used during the Olympics are open for the public to use. The southern half of the state has some of the most amazing rock formations, Zion National Park is my personal favorite, hiking the Narrows is something you'll never forget! The National Parks and State Parks are breathtaking anytime of year. Salt Lake City and Provo are both Google Fiber cities, our Universities are top notch, and some of the nicest people you'll ever meet live in our State.